Changing the name of your podcast can be an exciting step in rebranding and reaching a new audience. Whether you've outgrown your old name, want to refresh your content, or for any other reason, it's important to make sure your podcast's online presence reflects the new name. If you're using Podpage as your podcast website builder, we've got you covered. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps you need to take in the Podpage dashboard to ensure a smooth transition.
Update Your Podcast Name and Slug
The first step in changing your podcast's name on Podpage is to update your podcast's name and, if desired, the slug. The slug is the part of the URL that comes after the domain name and helps identify your podcast. To do this, follow these steps:
Go to your Podpage dashboard.
Navigate to "Settings" and then "Podcast Info."
Update the "Name" field with your new podcast name.
If you wish to change the slug (the part of the URL that identifies your podcast), you can do so in the "Slug" field.
Click "Save" to confirm your changes.
Update Your Custom Domain
If you're changing your podcast's domain name along with the name, you'll need to update the custom domain settings on Podpage. Changing domains can take some time, and during this transition, your site might experience some downtime. Here's how to change your custom domain:
In the Podpage dashboard, go to "Settings" and select "Custom Domain."
Add your new domain in the provided field. Make sure it reflects your podcast's new name.
Podpage will provide you with instructions on how to configure your domain's DNS settings to point to your Podpage site.
Be patient, as DNS changes can take between 2 to 24 hours to propagate globally.
Review Your Search Optimization Settings
To maintain your podcast's SEO and ensure that it ranks well in search results under the new name, you need to review your search optimization settings. Specifically, make sure you haven't included your old podcast name in the SEO Title, as it can affect how your podcast appears in search results. Here's what you should do:
Go to "Grow" in your Podpage dashboard.
Select "Search Optimization" and then "Settings."
Check the SEO Title field to ensure it does not contain your old podcast name.
If your old podcast name is present, update the SEO Title to reflect the new name.
Save your changes to optimize your podcast's search results under the new name.
Update Your Descriptions
Last but not least, it's essential to thoroughly review all your podcast descriptions and ensure that the old name is completely removed. This includes descriptions on your Podpage website, podcast directories, and social media profiles. Consistency is key when rebranding your podcast.
Changing the name of your podcast on the Podpage dashboard is a straightforward process, but it requires attention to detail to ensure a seamless transition. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can successfully update your podcast's name, custom domain, search optimization settings, and descriptions, allowing you to rebrand your podcast with confidence and professionalism. Remember to promote your podcast's new name across all your platforms and channels to make your transition a success.